Manchester United Transfer News: Romelu Lukaku, Andrew Robertson, Latest Rumours

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at the Britannia Stadium on February 06, 2016 in Stoke-on-Trent, England.  (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester United could be set to pounce on Everton's Romelu Lukaku if he pursues a move away from Goodison Park this summer.

According to the Mirror's David Maddock, despite the Toffees' new investment from major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, "sources within the club suggest there is a sense of realism that he may force a move in the summer."

James Dickenson of the Express reports the striker is a target for United, while the Sun's Rob Beasley recently linked the Red Devils with a £65 million move for him.

The 22-year-old has been in outstanding form this season, as Squawka Football reveals:

The most recent of those goals came in the FA Cup fifth round against Bournemouth, where Lukaku showed predatory reactions in the penalty area to turn home a loose ball, per BT Sport Football:

In November, the Belgian joined an elite cabal of players to have reached 50 Premier League goals before turning 23, per Opta Joe:

Those players are Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Metro's Lee Thomas-Mason, so Lukaku finds himself in good company there.

United have few recognised options in his position beyond Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial. Even in light of Marcus Rashford's emergence, the club will almost certainly be pursuing more firepower this summer.

Lukaku's strength, aerial power and killer finish make him a strong choice, though it will require a huge investment to prise the prolific goalscorer away from Everton.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Bacary Sagna of Manchester City in action with Andrew Robertson of Hull City during the Capital One Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester City and Hull City at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2015 in Manchester, Engla
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The Red Devils will also be targeting reinforcements at left-back, with Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday exclusively reporting the club have scouted Hull City's Andrew Robertson, though the 21-year-old is also attracting interest from rivals Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Robertson is a strong attacking full-back with two goals and four assists to his name in all competitions this season. According to Squawka, the Scot has completed 35 take-ons and created 33 chances in the Championship this year.

Journalist Steven Sutcliffe highlighted Robertson as one of the Tigers' top players defensively:

Indeed, football writer Simon Peach believes the youngster could be poached by a bigger club in the summer:

United could use cover for Luke Shaw, and Robertson represents an excellent candidate to provide that.

Hetherington also reports Argentinian sides River Plate and Independiente are interested in United's back-up stopper Sergio Romero.

The goalkeeper may welcome a return to his home country, though the Red Devils may prefer to keep him for the time being in case they lose David De Gea and are unable to recruit a suitable replacement.